For amplified piano and electronics
Written and performed by Eliza McCarthy and Jo Wills
From the peninsula of Brean Down in Somerset to a small sunlit room in the city, Breath Box represents the expanse and intimacy of the creators’ most familiar and favourite places.
Initiated and inspired during a residency at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh, this composition is the result of a creative partnership between Eliza McCarthy and Jo Wills.
The prerecorded material in Breath Box was made from manipulating the rich palette of sonic possibilities that lurk beneath the piano lid.
About Eliza McCarthy
Eliza McCarthy is a London based pianist who spends her time playing new and experimental music.
Winner of the 2013 British Contemporary Piano Competition, she performs in concert halls, art galleries, theatres and living rooms across the UK, Europe and US as a soloist and band member. She has had the great pleasure of working with, commissioning, premiering and recording works by many living composers including John Adams, Thomas Adès, George Crumb, Tansy Davies, Donnacha Dennehy, Andrew Hamilton and Laurie Spiegel. She regularly collaborates with Mica Levi (Under the Skin, Jackie) and their album Slow Dark Green Murky Waterfall was released in Autumn 2018 on Slip. She was featured on Alex Groves’ debut EP Curved Form (No. 4) which was released in March 2019.
As an ensemble member she can be heard performing ‘Unclassifiable, raw nerve music’ with Decibel and with Ireland’s leading new music ensemble Crash Ensemble. Based in Birmingham, Decibel spearhead works by artistic director Ed Bennett, and work regularly with Joe Cutler, Howard Skempton, and Laurence Crane. Crash Ensemble recently celebrated their 20th year by performing in every corner of Ireland premiering 20 works commissioned specially for their anniversary. In the summer of 2017
they performed Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee at the inaugural Haven Festival in Copenhagen and in 2018 at MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati.
She was also a founding member of Jetsam who have released original material on London based labels WW Records and Clay Pipe Music. Alongside her life as a performer, Eliza teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and University of Birmingham helping performers engage with fear, anxiety and depression. She is also a professor at Guildhall teaching contemporary repertoire studies to pianists and musicianship for actors.
About Jo Wills
Composer and Producer Jo Wills is the co-founder of WW Records and Artistic Director of Drum Works (Barbican Centre Artistic Associate). His composition credits range from commissions for the BBC to collaborations with video artist Sophie Clements, choreographer Tom Dale and Brian Eno. He works internationally as a tutor of cross arts/cultural collaboration, teaching collaborative practise and electronic music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He releases music as Old Man Diode on WW Records, with contemporary music ensemble Jetsam and has an extensive production discography on labels including Gold Panda, Test Card Recordings and Clay Pipe Music. His installation work includes collaborations at the Barbican Centre, Bath International Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and Dolby labs, San Francisco.
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